New iPhone apps worth downloading: Translate.com, Easy Spending Expense Tracker update, Ridge Racer Slipstream

Jan 1, 2014
Tech

Planning to travel in the New Year? You’ll want to snag Translate.com, our first app worth downloading today, to help you if you don’t know the language. The app gets crowd-sourced translations in more than 75 languages to help users communicate. We’ve also got Easy Spending Expense Tracker, an app for keeping track of your […]

Planning to travel in the New Year? You’ll want to snag Translate.com, our first app worth downloading today, to help you if you don’t know the language. The app gets crowd-sourced translations in more than 75 languages to help users communicate. We’ve also got Easy Spending Expense Tracker, an app for keeping track of your personal finances, and Ridge Racer Slipstream, a fast-paced arcade racing title with tons of events and hugely customizable cars.


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Translate.com (Free)

What’s it about? Quickly get clear, accurate translations of phrases, words and sentences with Translate.com.

What’s cool? The mobile app version of Translate.com keeps things simple. The app presents users with a field where they can type in the word or phrase they need translated, then lets them specify the language they need it translated to. Translate.com supports translations from more than 75 languages, and works by crowd-sourcing those translations to actual speakers living in various places around the world to form a translating community – which means you can get translations that are accurate for regional dialects and pronunciations. You can also contribute your own translations to the community to help other Translate.com users.

Who’s it for? If you need translations to a number of different languages – or want to help out by contributing translations to users who need them – try Translate.com.

What’s it like? Other useful translation apps include Word Lens and Translator.

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Easy Spending Expense Tracker update ($1.99)

What’s it about? Keep track of your income and expenses with Easy Spending Expense Tracker, a finance app that helps users stay organized about they money they spend.

What’s cool? The best way to maximize your saving and carefully budget your money is to have a constant flow of information about what you’re earning and what you’re spending. Easy Spending Expense Tracker brings that kind of information to its users, allowing them to add various accounts that help them keep track of what they make and what they spend, in order to identify trends and problem spending areas. The app shows things like recent transactions and upcoming bills, recurring transactions and multiple accounts, and also includes a search feature that makes it easy to find particular transactions. The latest update to Easy Spending Expense Tracker brings a design update for iOS 7.

Who’s it for? Anyone who could use help keeping track of expenses and managing their finances should check out Easy Spending Expense Tracker.

What’s it like? You’ll find more solid finance apps in Mint.com Personal Finance and BillGuard.


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Ridge Racer Slipstream ($2.99)

What’s it about? Ridge Racer Slipstream continues the arcade racing franchise on mobile devices, bringing players several new cars and tracks to race at high speeds.

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What’s cool? Racing in Ridge Racer Slipstream is all about speed and intensity. The title brings great graphics and 12 cars to players, which they can take through two distinct game modes: the career mode, in which players advance through various events and try to pick up top finishes to earn money and buy new cars, and the arcade mode, which allows for quick racing fixes. The game includes 108 racing events spread across 10 venues and 20 tracks, and also allows players to alter their vehicles with around 300 different customizations.

Who’s it for? Racing and Ridge Racer fans, grab Ridge Racer Slipstream to ease your need for speed.

What’s it like? Speaking of a need for speed, other great racing titles include Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Asphalt 8: Airborne.

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Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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